Public Utility Easements (PUE's) relating to liability issues
Requested by: California Survey Deadline: July 12, 2007 Question: California asks: How does your State DOT handle Public Utility Easements (PUE's) relating to liability issues? Do PUE's convey a property right or is it an encroachment permit situation with any utility company who occupies the PUE?
Lorrie L. Wilson Office of Organizational Development and Utility Relocations Division of Right of Way and Land Surveys 916/653-2132 ATSS 8-453-2132
VIRGINIA Virginia Department of Transportation Any utility occupying VDOT owned right of way in there by permit not by easement. Greg Wroniewicz, PE State Utility Engineer 804-786-2931
Wisconsin DOT treats utility facilities in a Public Utility Easement as if they had their own easement. We consider the Public Utility Easement to be a land right for all utilities occupying the easement. When we acquire new right of way that has existing Public Utility Easements, we extinguish any land rights of utilities occupying that easement. Ernest J Peterson, P.E.
State Utility/Access Engineer Wisconsin Department of Transportation email@example.com 608.266.3589
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma responds as follows: The Department acquires the utility easement whereby the Department compensates the property owner for the right to use the property for the purposes of placing public utilities within public right-of-way. The right of public utilities to utilize public right-of-way is statutory, the law says that the public utilities have the right to use the public right-ofway as long as they comply with the Department's rules. This process does not convey a compensable property right to the public utility. Kurt A. Harms Chief, Right-of-Way & Utilities Okla. Dept. of Trans. 200 N.E. 21st Street Okla. City, OK 73105 (405)521-2661 Office (405)522-1858 Fax
DELAWARE In Delaware it's an encroachment permit situation with any utility company who occupies the PUE. Thanks, Francis J. (Fran)Hahn, PE, AICP, Utilities Engineer Delaware Department of Transportation 302-760-2269
We do not have PUE's in State R/W. When we take new right of way we extinguish all existing easements and provide the utility with a permit with prior rights status
Bruce Vana Eng - Mngr Utility and Railroad Engineering Section
In Utah easements are considered a property right.
Justin Sceili Statewide Permits and Utilities Coordinator 4501 S 2700 W Box 148420 Salt Lake City, Utah 84114 Office: 801 964-4528 Fax: 801 965-3822
Maryland The utility companies have approached this office to replace PUE's acquired for highway improvements. To date, we have paid for relocations, but have denied acquiring additional property to replace the PUE's. We have considered the PUE to be public property already and the utility possessory rights to be permissive without any real property interests.
Nelson P. Smith, Jr. Statewide Utility Engineer Maryland State Highway Administration 211 East Madison Street, mailstop MLL4 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (410) 545-5546 firstname.lastname@example.org MICHIGAN
The Michigan DOT does not typically grant public utilities easements within highway right-of-way. Utility installations are granted permission to use the right-of-way by way of permit - which conveys no property rights to the utility company or municipality. Mark A. Dionise, P.E. Michigan Department of Transportation Utility Coordination and Permits Engineer (517) 373-7682
IOWA Utilities are not on public ROW by easement in Iowa. They are there by permit. Gerry Ambroson Utility Relocation Iowa Dept. of Transportation Phone: (515) 239-1014 FAX: (515) 817-6684
The Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department does not grant Public Utility Easements (PUE's). Utilities may be issued permits to place their facilities on Department right of way as long as they adhere to the requirements of the permit and State regulations governing the permits. The permit stipulates how utilities must be installed to minimize risk to the traveling public, and makes the utility responsible for the proper installation. The state assumes no liability. Kay Crutchfield Asst. Division Head Right of Way Division Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Dept. P.O. Box 2261 Little Rock, AR 72203 Phone: 501-569-2311 Fax: 501-569-2018 e-mail: Kay.Crutchfield@arkansashighways.com -------------------------------------------------------------------
Question from California; How does your State DOT handle Public Utility Easements (PUE's) relating to liability issues? Response from the Idaho Transportation Department; Liability issues are not specifically addressed. Question from California; Do PUE's convey a property right or is it an encroachment permit situation with any utility company who occupies the PUE? Response from the Idaho Transportation Department; Ninety-nine percent of the time an utility encroachment permit is issued for the utility owner to relocate facilities within the road right-of-way. One percent of the time the easement of the owner is replaced in kind outside of the road right-of-way.
Robert Linkhart Idaho Transportation Department (208)334-+8492